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WHO Classifies Air Pollution as Group 1 Carcinogen

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) cancer agency says that the air we breath can now be considered a human carcinogenReuters reports. Air pollution can result from “transport, power generation, industrial or agricultural emissions and residential heating and cooking.” Levels of air pollution have risen tremendously in the past few years, especially in areas of rapid industrialization, and have been linked to several illnesses including respiratory and heart diseases. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has now labeled air pollution as a Group 1 carcinogen, thus grouping it with “asbestos, plutonium, silica dust, ultraviolet radiation and tobacco smoke.” The IARC has also urged that although air pollution levels vary in different regions, this warning applies to all people and geographical locations.

Read the article published by Reuters.